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Montague says gov’t should settle Cockpit Country boundary issue urgently

Published:Monday | May 25, 2015 | 5:39 AM

Shadow Minister on Mining and Energy, Robert Montague, says the Government must move urgently to settle the issue regarding the Cockpit Country boundary and declare the area out of bounds for mining.

In a release, the Opposition spokesman, says recent comments by the Minister of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, that he would not support mining in the biodiversity-rich Cockpit Country, is not enough.

He says Government must immediately update the country on its recent visit to the area where it is alleged Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partnership has been conducting mining activities.

Last week environmentalists, led by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), raised concern about activities being conducted by Noranda in the area.

JET indicated that residents near Stewart Town, Trelawny, had observed that the company had extended haul roads and deployed mining equipment to the area.

JET says any mining activity contradicts a boundary study and public consultation finding published in the 2013, which advised against any mining in the Cockpit Country.